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Curiosities from the Collection

Chamber pots


Have you ever wondered about the history, significance or meaning of an object from Wellcome Collection? Our knowledgeable staff explain more in this selection of curious videos.

From a set of over a hundred books (each a thousand pages long) listing the 3.4 billion units of DNA code to a resuscitation method involving tobacco smoke applied via the rectum, there is always something new to learn.  

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Chamber pots

Find out more about these portable toilets from the past.

Forehead reader

Was this forehead reader an 18th century Tinder? Danny Rees investigates.

The scold's bridle

Elissavet Ntoulia takes a look at the 16th century device that aimed to humiliate and cause great pain.

Omniskop X-ray machine

Sarah Mason explores the Omniskop X-ray machine and how it enabled doctors to x-ray patients from different angles.

Human genome books

Nick Dent tells us about this series of books, a printout of the human genome, and the science behind them.

Wax vanitas tableau

Sarah Jaffray guides us through the symbolism on this tableau in the shape of a life-sized head.